This Weekend: Find Poetry Across Canada at The Word On The Street

In 2013, The Word On The Street is delighted to announce that it is partnering with The League of Canadian Poets to celebrate Canadian poetry nationwide during festival weekend. This national project will take place in each of The Word On The Street’s five festival cities: Toronto, Kitchener, Halifax, Saskatoon and Lethbridge.

Of the initiative, National Festival Director Nicola Dufficy says, “We are excited to announce a new partnership between The Word On The Street and The League of Canadian Poets. Together, our organizations seek to shine a spotlight on the incredibly talented established and emerging poets that Canada has to offer.  Across the nation on festival weekend audiences will discover a poetry program that reflects the distinct local flavour of each of the festival cities and its community.”

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Poetry In Abundance at The Word On The Street Toronto

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The Word On The Street Toronto is thrilled to celebrate more poetry than ever before at this year’s festival! From veteran writers Austin Clarke and Robert Priest to Halifax Poet Laureate Shauntay Grant and the Toronto Poetry Slam Team, there is something for everyone.

Featured on (and on the way to) its popular stages around Queen’s Park Circle, The Word On The Street is pleased to present Poetry’s many facets when the annual festival returns on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Festival-goers won’t want to miss these highlights: Join Adam Dickinson and Gillian Savigny as they use poetry to transgress boundaries between art and science at noon at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent. Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning fiction author Austin Clarke will debut his first-ever poetry collection Where the Sun Shines Best at the Bestsellers Stage at 2:15. Over at the Great Books Marquee at 3:00, new poet Sara Peters joins long-time fan favourite Robert Priest for Out of the Darkness. Peters and Priest will read from their just-published collections on emerging from darkness, and follow with a discussion about what inspired their transformative works. Also at 3:00, poets Andrew Faulkner and Jacob Scheier are onstage at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent to explore concepts of identity in their modern context.

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The Word on the Street Toronto Welcomes New Festival Director

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The Word On The Street Toronto is pleased to announce that Heather Kanabe is the new Festival Director for The Word On The Street Toronto, effective immediately. Heather brings to her role a keen understanding of cultural event management and a great appreciation for the written word. She looks forward to building upon the success of Canada’s largest book and magazine festival.

“The Board is pleased to welcome Heather Kanabe as our new Festival Director. Her MBA in marketing and finance, her arts management background, and her enthusiasm for both The Word On The Street Toronto and the literary world it celebrates, make Heather a valuable addition to our team,” said The Word On The Street Toronto President Christopher Johnson.

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